ICYMI: 130th Rose Parade Presented by Honda Entertains and Causes Confusion
The 130th Rose Parade presented by Honda began with Hamilton star and Dancing with the Stars season 25 champion Jordan Fisher singing a slowed down version of “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch. Once the tempo picked up, he was soon joined by the legendary Chaka Kahn as well as her nephew Tyler McCrary and her grandsons Jett and Josh Khan-Corley as they transitioned into singing Kahn’s hits “I Feel for You” and “Like Sugar.”
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Not long after, the Honda “Celebration of Dreams” float made its appearance, with many HBCU band members aboard, drumming away. The float, which was emblazoned with a flowery 60th anniversary logo, payed homage to the automaker’s history as well as its plans for the future.
New year, new things to celebrate! 🌹
Honda rang in the New Year and its 60th anniversary celebration with the lead float in the 130th @RoseParade presented by Honda.
“Celebration of Dreams,” pays tribute to Honda’s heritage in the U.S. and its dreams for the future. pic.twitter.com/fVY5U1hWD7
— Honda (@Honda) January 1, 2019
Additional floats certainly made an impression on viewers, as well as the judges of the Tournament of Roses, with 24 of the floats winning honors. The overall winner of the 2019 Sweepstakes Trophy for most beautiful entry was The UPS Store, Inc. for its “Books Keep Us On Our Toes” float.
Following last year’s success, Funny or Die’s Cord and Tish (comedians Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon) narrated the Rose Parade via a live stream on YouTube, providing viewers with hilarious takes on float designs and the confusing breakdown of a float during the show. The Chinese American Heritage Foundation’s “Harmony Through Union” float stalled and started smoking, causing some to believe the parade to be over. However, Cord and Tish kept hosting with ease, making jokes about calling AAA or a local towing service.
There’s no telling what next year’s Rose Parade will bring, but if Honda continues its partnership with the annual event, there’s sure to be an intriguing, beautiful float design in the works.